The trade in Canada is always flush with bonus rewards opportunities for travel agents as suppliers seek to encourage bookings and to thank agents for their loyalty. Here is our monthly look at some of the offers that are currently available:
 
Transat: Agents booking Karisma Gourmet Inclusive hotels in the Riviera Maya for travel through Jan. 31 will receive $15 Bonbon points. At the same time, travellers who book the El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Seaside Suites, El Dorado Casitas or Generations Riviera Maya and travel by Jan. 31 will receive a $250 air credit per couple.
 
Sunwing: Meanwhile, agents booking Karisma with Sunwing during January for departures through April 30 will earn up to 8X STAR Agent Reward Points. They will also earn 4X the STAR Points for bookings with travel dates between May 1 and Oct. 31, as well as double Karisma Canada Cash on bookings at select resorts, which can be converted to items such as gift cards. For details, go to www.sunwingagents.ca. 
 
TravelBrands: Encore Cruises (Encore) is kicking off the New Year by hosting a giveaway for travel agents. Throughout January agents booking any 2018 Caribbean sailing with the company will be entered to win a free seven-night Caribbean or Mexico cruise for two in an oceanview stateroom. Phone bookings count as one ballot entry and online bookings count for two. To qualify, agents must submit all of their January 2018 Caribbean bookings made throughout the month of January through the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMMP9PS. 
 
Goway: With Iceland expected to continue its emergence as one of travel’s hottest destinations in 2018, Goway is eager to help travel counsellors see what all the fuss is about for themselves by introducing agent rates on a number of its programs there. The special deals apply during winter and spring months, but Goway is quick to note: “Despite its location in the North Atlantic, Iceland’s winters are quite mild, regularly staying around the freezing mark.” The tour operator goes on to point out that “heading to Iceland in winter or spring allows you to avoid the summer crowds and take advantage of some great agent rates – something that is a rarity these days for Iceland!” Three- to eight-night options feature the capital, Reykjavik, historic sites, waterfalls and geysers of the Golden Circle, along with opportunities to watch amazing Northern Lights. For full details, email Ben Stasiuk at ben@goway.com.
 
Collette: From the Abu Dhabi to Victoria Falls, Collette has unveiled a wide range of fam trip opportunities for travel agents in 2018 and ‘19. The program – designed to give agents the opportunity to experience both the destination and the service provided by Collette – includes: Highlights of South America; Costa Rica: A World of Nature; India’s Treasures; Exploring the Alpine Countries; Treasures of Egypt; Maritimes Coastal Wonders; The Northern Lights of Finland; Heritage of America; Spectacular Norway; South Africa, Victoria Falls & Botswana; Dubai & Abu Dhabi; and Colours of Morocco.
 
“We know how important it is for our agent partners to see first-hand how our tours operate,” says Collette’s VP of marketing Courtney Iannuccilli. “We want agents to experience as many destinations as possible to give them the expertise that their clients expect.”
 
For specific dates and to apply online, go to www.gocollette.com/agentfam. Agents can qualify to earn back the cost of the trip by booking 15 or more passengers on the same air-inclusive tour of equal or higher value within 12 months of the fam’s return.
 
GLP Worldwide: On April 22, 2018, travel agents will have an opportunity to take a complimentary guided tour of Hurtigruten’s expedition vessel, the MS Fram, when it visits Halifax, April 22, 2018. Agents will receive an extensive tour of the Fram and meet ship line representatives. Agents can also participate in an educational presentation about the MS Fram and the Hurtigruten fleet. The Fram is used for 33 different cruise programs from the Antarctica, Northwest Passage, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland, Norway as well as new coastal America and Caribbean cruises. To register for the free tour, presentation and luncheon, visit: http://info.glpworldwide.com/tour-ms-fram.  Space is limited.
 
Watch this space for regular agent incentive offerings.
 
 
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